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What's New 5-14-21

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Loma Vista

"It’s stories of being down and out in downtown NYC. Last night's heels on the morning train. Glamour that's been up for three days straight,” says Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent). “The album was inspired by the classic records of the 70’s. Stevie, Sly, Stones, Steely Dan, Chords, Groove. The days when sophisticated harmony and rhythm didn't sound heady - they just sounded and felt good. Lots of guitar. But warm sounds, not distortion and chaos. Hopefully a turn nobody will see coming"

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Napalm

The Ides Of March showcases the organic side of Kennedy’s musical spectrum and one-of-a-kind voice, but while bright inclusions of lap steel and mandolin have replaced some of the pummeling kick drum and downtuned electric riffage, each of its offerings maintain the same steadfast energy that never relents. Fluxing between Jimmy Page-worthy solos, and stripped-down, bluesy beckonings, the album manifests as an uplifting refresher arriving when society needs it most.

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Woods Music

The new album is the third offering from one of the fastest rising bands in the worlds of independent country and Southern rock. Since releasing their debut Straw In The Wind album in 2017, The Steel Woods have staked their claim as worthy successors of Southern rock icons Lynyrd Skynyrd, with a dynamic live show and a songwriting verve that draws inspiration from country icons like Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.

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Transoceanic Records

After years dedicated to rowdy, high-energy live shows, Strung Like a Horse teamed up with Grammy-winning producer, Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, John Prine, Margo Price, Calexico/Iron & Wine, Lucero), to record their first studio album, WHOA!. Most of the tracks the band laid down together in one pass, without overdubs, and were sent direct to tape, making it a “record that captures the vibe of their rightfully celebrated live shows perfectly.”

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New Release Round-Up 05-14-21

The Black Keys - Delta Kream

The Black Keys - Delta Kream - Nonesuch
This week, The Black Keys release their tenth studio album, Delta Kream, via Nonesuch Records. The record celebrates the band’s roots, featuring eleven Mississippi hill country blues standards that they have loved since they were teenagers, before they were a band, including songs by R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, among others. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney recorded Delta Kream at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville; they were joined by musicians Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton, long-time members of the bands of blues legends including R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. The album takes its name from William Eggleston’s iconic Mississippi photograph that is on its cover. 


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Paul & Linda McCartney - RAM

Paul & Linda McCartney - RAM [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Half Speed Master LP] - Capitol
To mark the 50th anniversary of the release of RAM, the album will be pressed from a master cut at half speed using the original master tapes at Abbey Road. The only album credited to both Paul & Linda McCartney, RAM reached Number 1 in the UK and stayed in the US Top 10 for five months. Recording after he’d left The Beatles and before the formation of Wings, Paul initially flew with Linda to New York to record the songs they’d written but arrived without a band. As Paul recalls, “We were thinking of forming a group at that time, Wings. We went to New York, found a really grotty little basement somewhere and auditioned a bunch of people. We got someone to throw a lot of drummers at us, out of which we picked Denny Seiwell who’s one of the best, and his personality fitted. Then we went in, worked with him, Hugh McCracken, Dave Spinozza, a couple of New York session men, and did RAM.” To avoid arousing too much interest, the auditions were held under the guise of a session for a commercial jingle. As well as Paul’s lead vocals there are harmonies from Linda. “I gave her a hard time, I must say, but we were pleased with the results. Elton John later said somewhere that he thought it was the best harmonies he’d heard in a long while. It was very much the two of us against the world at that point.”


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Strung Like a Horse - WHOA!

Strung Like a Horse - WHOA! [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Pink Splatter LP] - Transoceanic Records
After years dedicated to rowdy, high-energy live shows, providing tour support for Old Crow Medicine Show, Travis Tritt, Sam Bush, and Shooter Jennings---and building their own grassroots cult-following---Strung Like a Horse teamed up with Transoceanic Records and Grammy-winning producer, Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, John Prine, Margo Price, Calexico/Iron & Wine, Lucero), to record their first studio album, WHOA!, at Nashville's famed Sound Emporium. Most of the tracks the band laid down together in one pass, without overdubs, and were sent direct to tape, making it a “record that captures the vibe of their rightfully celebrated live shows perfectly.” 


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Sons Of Kemet - Black To The Future

Sons Of Kemet - Black To The Future - Impulse Records
Sons Of Kemet returns with their new album Black To The Future, the follow up to 2018’s Mercury Prize nominated breakout release Your Queen Is A ReptileThis release finds the UK-based quartet at their most dynamic – showcasing harmonically elegant arrangements and compositions, coupled with fierce, driving material that will be familiar to initiated fans. This is their 4th record, and 2nd on impulse! This album features prominent UK vocalists and a strong emphasis on lush compositions and arrangements. Guest artists include Kojey Radical, Moor Mother, Angel Bat Dawid, Joshua Idehen, D Double E and is part of the impulse! records “impulse 60!” 2021 campaign


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Alan Jackson - Where Have You Gone

Alan Jackson - Where Have You Gone - EMI Nashvilee
Alan Jackson's brand new studio album, Where Have You Gone, is his first country release in over 5 years. He's one of the best-selling music artists of all time with over 75M records sold worldwide. Alan is a member of the Grand Ole Opry & has topped the Billboard Country charts with 35 #1 Singles & 15 #1 Albums. He's received multiple awards including 2 Grammys, 16 CMAs, 17 ACMs. CD includes blow-in card for a FREE Download of the Bonus Track "That's The Way Love Goes (A Tribute Merle Haggard)"


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Steve Miller Band - Live! Breaking Ground August 3, 1977

Steve Miller Band - Live! Breaking Ground August 3, 1977 - UMe
Steve Miller has dug deep into his archives and found an unreleased, full-length concert recording. The album captures Miller's legendary 1977 lineup at the beginning of the band's turn from playing ballrooms and theatres to arenas and football stadiums. Recorded at the Capital Centre in Landover, MD on multi-track tape and newly mixed and mastered by Miller and Kent Hertz. Includes original liner notes by music journalist David Fricke and is pressed on 2 Black Vinyl 180G LP's.


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


The Steel Woods - All Of Your Stones Video Available
Riley Downing - Start It Over Video Available


St. Vincent - Daddy’s Home [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black Smoke LP]

David Gray - Skellig
Phoebe Bridgers - Copycat Killer EP
Matt Berry - The Blue Elephant
Matthew E. White & Lonnie Holley - Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection
Arcade Fire & Owen Pallet - Her (Original Score) [180-Gram White LP]
Myles Kennedy - The Ides Of March
The Go-Go's - God Bless The Go-Go's [Limited Edition Opaque Blue LP]
The Chills - Scatterbrain [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue Marble LP]
Old Sea Brigade - Motivational Speaking
Rodrigo Y Gabriela - The Jazz EP [12in Orange Smoke Vinyl]
Eminem - Music To Be Murdered By - Side B (Deluxe Edition) [Opaque Grey 4 LP]
Juliana Hatfield - Blood [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black W/Blood Red Splatter LP]
Keith Urban - THE SPEED OF NOW Part 1 [2LP]
Damien Jurado - The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Deja Vu: 50th Anniversary [Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set]
The Deep Dark Woods - Changing Faces
ENHYPEN - BORDER: CARNIVAL [DOWN Version]
The Coral - Coral Island [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green LP]
Current Joys - Voyager [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Purple LP]



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For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.

UPCOMING RELEASES

Lord Huron - Long Lost

Lord Huron - Long Lost - Republic
Lord Huron presents their fourth studio album, Long Lost. The band has often tried to uncover the past of their studio, Whispering Pines, without much success. Instead, they decided to imagine what has gone on in the studio, who has passed through, and that is how Long Lost was created. Featuring the singles “Not Dead Yet,” “Mine Forever,” “I Lied” and “Love Me Like You Used To.”


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John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band - Leftover Feelings

John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band - Leftover Feelings - New West Records
In the midst of a global pandemic, John Hiatt walked into Historic RCA Studio B and opened up a lifetime full of leftover feelings. A half-century ago, Hiatt lived in a ratty, $15-a-week room on Nashville’s 16th Avenue, less than a mile away from the RCA and Columbia studios that were the heartbeat of what had come to be known as “Music Row.” In the ensuing 50 years, he went from a scuffling young buck to a celebrated grand master of song. With Leftover Feelings, Hiatt teamed up with multi-grammy winning artist and producer, Jerry Douglas and his band, The Jerry Douglas Band. There’s no drummer, yet these grooves are deep and true. And while the up-tempo songs are, as ever, filled with delightful internal rhyme and sly aggression, the Jerry Douglas Band’s empathetic musicianship nudges Hiatt to performances that are startlingly vulnerable.  In life, leftover feelings can remain unresolved, no matter how often explored. Explicated in a place of history, a place of comfort. A sacred place, if you believe the documentation of human expression to be a holy thing. Here then, with this album,  there is a meeting of bruised and triumphant American giants. Here are Hiatt and Douglas, creating the meant-to-be: Love songs and road songs, sly songs and hurt songs. Their songs, and now our songs.  Leftover feelings that edify and sustain.


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What's New 5-7-21

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Sub Pop

Tallahassee is the lost-in-time debut album from Sam Beam’s Iron & Wine. A collection of songs recorded three years prior to their official Sub Pop debut, Tallahassee documents the very first steps on a journey that would lead to a career as one of America's most original and distinctive singer-songwriters. Tallahassee comes with a strange sense of confidence. Perhaps an almost youthful discretion that likely comes from being too young to know better and too naive to give a shit.

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4AD

Tkay Maidza is a tour de force on her new EP Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2. Her mastery of sonic versatility takes center stage on the assertive eight tracks that weave from whiplash-inducing spitfire summer anthem and lead single “Shook” to smooth boy-bye manifesto “Don't Call Again (ft. Kari Faux)” to trap-infused “Awake (ft. JPEGMAFIA).” The release follows 2018's Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 1, which established her as one of the most exciting voices in the new guard of hip-hop.

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Morpho Music

Princess Goes is a new alternative band, self-described as 'Gothadelic Rocktronic' with influences from David Bowie to Black Sabbath to Donna Summer, all with a unique and modern spin. The band is comprised of a powerhouse trio: vocalist Michael C. Hall who's TV credits include "Dexter" and "Six Feet Under", keyboardist Matthew Katz Bohen from iconic rock band Blondie, and drummer Peter Yanowitz of Wallflowers and Morningwood.

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SME UK

Build A Problem is an album of processing, from the dark depths of bad brain to the giggly, performative nonchalance of feeling broken. It’s full of feeling, full of soaring strings, thick harmonies, honesty, vulnerability and therapy. Lead single "Cool Girl,” a song about misplaced anger, stems from the suppression of communicating your needs in a relationship in order to attempt to be the most chill, cool, and loveable. It's bitter, desperate, frustrated, proud, determined, and unhealthy.

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Third Man

While many know Bergman as one half of brother-sister duo Wild Belle, her forthcoming record is a cathartic collection rooted in the hopeful values and traditions of gospel that have helped her through the recent, tragic loss of her father. Helmed by her heavenly voice, Bergman’s solo album is steeped in mystic melodies and time-bending tones of psychedelic rock and soul, showcasing her multi-instrumental and creative versatility.

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BMG

Latest Record Project: Volume 1 is a 28-track delve into Morrison’s ongoing love of blues, R&B, jazz and soul. However much you may love his classic albums, this new project proves that he’s living in the present, and remains an artist of integrity and distinction. “I’m getting away from the perceived same songs, same albums all the time,” says Morrison. “This guy’s done 500 songs, maybe more, so hello? Why do you keep promoting the same ten? I’m trying to get out of the box.”

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Napalm

Canadian rock/metal crossover quartet Sumo Cyco transcend into an explosive new era with their third full-length album and Napalm Records debut, Initiation – inviting a mass of new fans into their warped, dystopian-like world of “Cyco City”. Interlaced with infectious heavy metal grooves, pop-perfected hooks, electronic undertones and a dose of punk flavor, Initiation breaks all the rules while delivering a cohesive yet purely unbridled sonic adventure.

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Riley Downing "Start It Over"

On Sale  cd $9.99   lp $18.99

“...like Johnny Cash with a hangover… His brain is abuzz with sounds and ideas, which makes his solo debut a thrill.” - Uncut Magazine

"...an ode to staying hopeful and appreciating life's happy moments, no matter how small they might be. Alongside the whiskey-soothed lyrical storytelling, there’s a warm, subtle grit to the instrumentation that you can’t help but be allured by. It evokes that same kind of cathartic release as cracking open a beer at the end of a long day – it’s easy, carefree and served with a laidback philosophy of trusting that everything’s gonna be just fine." - Holler

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McKinley Dixon on Spacebomb Records!


McKinley Dixon - For My Mama & Anyone Who Look Like Her [Mango]

For My Mama & Anyone Who Look Like Her

For My Mama And Anyone Who Look Like Her, Dixon’s debut album on Spacebomb, is the culmination of a journey where heartbreak and introspection challenged him to adapt new ways of communicating physically and mentally, as well as across time and space.

The album challenges Black people to revisit more than one timeline and question everything they’ve been taught about processing grief in order to rebuild their present and future selves. There’s no definitive end to the darkness and trauma of the past, but this album is a stepping stone in Dixon’s pursuit of moving forward, and being a voice for Black people still learning how to advocate for themselves.

“The best way to sum up this album is: I was sad, I was mad, and now I’m alive,” Dixon explains. “These things I talk about on the record have had harmful and brilliant effects on my timeline, and have forced me to be cognizant of the fact that living is complex. Rap has allowed me the language to communicate, and be someone who can communicate with people from all over. Knowing how far I’ve come, I think people will find trust in the message I’m sending.”

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McKinley Dixon Form My Mama and Anyone Who Look Like Her Color Vinyl      McKinley Dixo

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Plan 9's turning 40 in July!

Please visit our 40th Anniversary page: Plan 9 40th Anniversary to see some historical videos and photos.

We welcome any video, photos, or favorite memories you'd like to share!

If you have any of the above but need help getting it to us, you can also email us at Celebrating40@plan9music.com or call the store 804-353-9996 and we'll help make it happen.  Thanks to all for sharing!

Plan 9's first outdoor sign 1981

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